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Colorado newspapers and Colorado newspaper list

Introduction to Colorado News Media

Colorado is a western US state that encompasses most of the southern Rocky Mountains, the northeastern side of the Colorado Plateau and the western side of the Great Plains. It shares borders with Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

In 2019, Colorado’s population was estimated at 5,758,736, which was 14.5 per cent more than the 2010 United States Census.

Native Americans have indebted the region for more than 13,000 years.

History of Colorado Newspapers

On April 23, 1859, two newspapers Rocky Mountain News and Cherry Creek Pioneer started publishing in Colorado. William Byers, Thomas Gibson and John Dailey are credited for starting Rocky Mountain News, while Cherry Creek Pioneerwas started by John Merrick. Byers bought all the shares of Rocky Mountain News in 1870. Cherry Creek Pioneer could not last for more than one issue.

Later on, August 6 in the same year, Rocky Mountain Gold Reporter & Mountain City Herald started publishing in Colorado. In the next month, Western Mountaineer came out of the same press in Golden city.

First Daily Newspaper in Colorado

Colorado’s first daily newspaper – Daily Herald and Rocky Mountain Advertiser came into existence on May 1, 1860. In September, Rocky Mountain News also became a daily publication.

From 1926, E. W. Scripps Company-owned Rocky Mountain News until its closing on February 27, 2009. According to 2006 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation compiled by BurrellesLuce, the Monday to Friday circulation of the newspaper was 255,427 in 2006.

Current Publications

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, The Denver Post is the highest circulated newspaper in the region with 412,669 subscribers.

This article will discuss in detail the top newspapers & news websites in Colorado. Let’s get going!

If you are looking for exclusive information on the US newspapers or Denver Newspapers, we have a separate article written on that.

1. The Denver Post

Colorado Newspapers 01 The Denver Post

The Denver Post is a daily newspaper in Colorado, catering to the residents of Denver. The paper was established in 1892 and is currently owned by Digital First Media. With a daily circulation of 134,537 copies, and 253,261 copies on Sundays (As of 2016), The Denver Post is a prominent newspaper in the state.

Colorado Newspapers 01 The Denver Post Website

The Denver Post Online

The Denver Post ePaper

The Denver Post Android App

The Denver Post iOS App

2. Westword

Colorado Newspapers 02 Denver Westword

Westword is a free alternative weekly news publication in Denver owned by Voice Media Group. Established in 1977, the paper today publishes both a printed edition & an online edition. Both the printed & online edition primarily focuses on reporting local news & updates from Denver.    

Colorado Newspapers 02 Denver Westword Website

Denver Westword Online

Denver Westword Android App

3. The Colorado Sun

The Colorado Sun is an online news website owned by Eight former employees of The Denver Post. Though the news outlet is headquartered in Denver, it covers news & updates from all of Colorado and has a prominent presence.

The website covers all facets of news & updates from Colorado and has dedicated sections for news, Colorado politics, podcasts, opinion, outdoor, latest news, economy, headlines, education, and entertainment.

The one thing that separates The Colorado Sun from other online news outlets is that they don’t accept an advertisement. Instead, the news publication operates solely from contributions & subscriptions.

Colorado Newspapers 03 The Colorado Sun Website

The Colorado Sun Online

4. Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Newspapers 04 Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Gazette is an award-winning news publication in Colorado catering to the residents in Colorado Springs, El Paso county. The paper was established in 1946 and is currently owned by Clarity Media Group.

While the newspaper as we see it today was founded in 1946, it was originally published as the Out West in 1872. Out West failed in its endeavour & was relaunched as the Colorado Springs Gazette in 1873.

Apart from the printed edition, Colorado Springs Gazette also publishes an online news website, mobile applications, a weekly publication named Shopper, a weekly military newspaper, and a parenting magazine.

Colorado Newspapers 04 Colorado Springs Gazette Website

Colorado Springs Gazette Online

5. The Aspen Times

Colorado Newspapers 05 The Aspen Times

The Aspen Times is a daily newspaper in Colorado catering to the residents of the ski resort town of Aspen. The paper was established in the year 1881 as the Aspen Weekly Times and is currently owned by Swift Communications. It was initially launched as a weekly newspaper and was later     converted to a daily publication in 1988.

Other than the printed edition, The Aspen Times also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for news including local, business, crime, regional, weather, obituaries, sports & entertainment. The Aspen Times also publishes an e-edition of the paper that can be accessed for free from their website.

Colorado Newspapers 05 The Aspen Times Website

The Aspen Times Online

The Aspen Times ePaper

6. Daily Camera

Colorado Newspapers 06 Daily Camera

Daily Camera is a daily newspaper in Colorado serving the residents of Boulder County. Established in the year 1890, the paper is currently owned by Digital First Media. Today apart from the daily printed edition, Daily Camera also publishes an online news website and an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 06 Daily Camera Website

Daily Camera Online

Daily Camera ePaper

Daily Camera Android App

Daily Camera iOS App

7. The Coloradoan 

The Coloradoan is a daily newspaper in Coloradoowned by Gannett. The paper was established in 1873 by Joseph L. McClelland and is today a prominent publication in the state. It was initially launched as the Larimer County Express and over the years underwent a series of name changes until it was renamed The Coloradoan.

Apart from the printed edition, The Coloradoan also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for the latest news, sports, top headlines, business news, opinion, and obituaries. They also publish an e-edition that can be accessed by the paid subscribers from the paper’s official website.

Colorado Newspapers 07 The Coloradoan Website

The Coloradoan Online

The Coloradoan ePaper

The Coloradoan Android App

The Coloradoan iOS App

8. Vail Daily News 

Colorado Newspapers 08 Vail Daily News

Vail Daily News is a free daily newspaper in Colorado owned by Swift Communications. The paper was launched in 1981 by Jim Pavelich & Jon Van Housen and it today caters to the Colorado communities of Vail, Avon, Edwards, Beaver Creek, and Minturn, the area ski resorts, and greater Eagle County.

Other than the daily printed edition, Vail Daily News also publishes an online news website & an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 08 Vail Daily News Website

Vail Daily News Online

Vail Daily News ePaper

9. Summit Daily News 

Colorado Newspapers 09 Summit Daily News

Summit Daily News is a free daily newspaper in Colorado serving the residents of Summit County. The paper was established in 1989 by Jim Pavelich and was acquired by Swift Communication in 1994. As per the paper’s official website, they have a daily circulation of about 8,500 copies.

Other than the printed edition of the paper, Summit Daily News also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for the local news business, sports, opinion, magazines, classifieds, and more.

Colorado Newspapers 09 Summit Daily News Website

Summit Daily News Online

Summit Daily News ePaper

10. Steamboat Pilot & Today

Colorado Newspapers 10 Steamboat Pilot   Today

Steamboat Pilot & Today is a daily newspaper owned by Swift communications catering to the residents of Routt County in Colorado. The paper was established in 1885 as the Steamboat Pilot and it later merged with The Routt County Sentinel in 1927, and with The Oak-Creek Times-Leader in 1944. It was in 1989, the paper was renamed to Steamboat Pilot & Today as seen today.

Other than the printed edition of the paper, Steamboat Pilot & Today also publishes an online news website and an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 10 Steamboat Pilot   Today Website

Steamboat Pilot & Today Online

Steamboat Pilot & Today ePaper

Steamboat Pilot & Today Android App

Steamboat Pilot & Today iOS App

11. Rocky Mountain Collegian 

Colorado Newspapers 11 Rocky Mountain Collegian

Rocky Mountain Collegian is a daily student newspaper published by the students of the Colorado State University. Established in the year 1891, it is the only student-run newspaper in the state.  It is a non-profit publication & is published four days a week during the regular fall and spring semesters.

Being a student publication, the paper mainly focuses on covering news & updates about Colorado State University. Apart from the printed edition, Rocky Mountain Collegian also publishes an online news website.

Colorado Newspapers 11 Rocky Mountain Collegian Website

Rocky Mountain Collegian Online

12. Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Colorado Newspapers 12 Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Glenwood Springs Post Independent is a daily newspaper in Colorado catering to the residents of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute. The paper was established in 2000 and is currently owned by Swift Communications.

Other than the daily printed edition, Glenwood Springs Post Independent also publishes an online news website covering local news, community news, sports, business, weather updates, opinion, entertainment news & more. They also publish an e-edition of the paper that can be accessed by paid subscribers from the website.

Colorado Newspapers 12 Glenwood Springs Post Independent Website

Glenwood Springs Post Independent Online

Glenwood Springs Post Independent ePaper

13. The Durango Herald

Colorado Newspapers 13 The Durango Herald

The Durango Herald is a daily newspaper in Colorado catering to the residents of Southwest Colorado. The paper was established in 1881 as the Herald and it underwent a series of mergers & acquisitions until it was renamed The Durango Herald.

As of 2021, the paper is owned by Ballantine Communications and they currently publish an online news website & an e-edition. While most contents on the website are available to the users for free, access to e-edition is restricted to paid subscribers.

Colorado Newspapers 13 The Durango Herald Website

The Durango Herald Online

The Durango Herald ePaper

The Durango Herald Android App

The Durango Herald iOS App

14. Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Colorado Newspapers 14 Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Glenwood Springs Post Independent is a daily newspaper in Colorado serving the residents of Garfield County and the municipalities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute. The paper was established in 2000 and it is currently owned by Swift Communications.

Apart from the daily printed edition, Glenwood Springs Post Independent also publishes an online news website and an e-edition. While readers can access the contents on the website for free, access to e-edition is restricted to paid subscribers.

Colorado Newspapers 14 Glenwood Springs Post Independent Website

Glenwood Springs Post Independent Online

Glenwood Springs Post Independent ePaper

15. High Country News  

Colorado Newspapers 15 High Country News

High Country News is a non-profit media organization in Colorado primarily focussed on covering environmental issues faced by the Western United States, from as far west as at the seashore of the California Ballona Wetlands.

Established in 1970, the paper has a subscription base of 35,000 (as of 2017). High Country News also publishes an online news website with sections for climate, public lands, indigenous affairs, water, immigration & more.

Colorado Newspapers 15 High Country News Website

High Country News Online

16. Greeley Tribune

Colorado Newspapers 16 Greeley Tribune

Greeley Tribune isa newspaper in Colorado published four days a week. The paper was first established in 1870 by Nathan Meeker who was an agriculture writer for Horace Greeley at the New York Tribune. The paper was quick to gain popularity and over the years it underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions. As of 2021, the paper is owned by MediaNews Group and it serves Greeley, Evans, Windsor and neighbouring communities.

Colorado Newspapers 16 Greeley Tribune Website

Greeley Tribune Online

Greeley Tribune ePaper

Greeley Tribune Android App

Greeley Tribune iOS App

17. Ski-High News 

Colorado Newspapers 17 Ski High News

Ski-High News is a free bi-weekly newspaper in Colorado published on Wednesdays & Fridays. The paper was established in 1945 and it first hit the newsstands on November 2nd of the same year.

Since its inception, Ski-High News has remained the primary source for news and information in Grand County. It mainly caters to the residents of the Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling. Other than the bi-weekly printed edition, Ski-High News also publishes an online news website.

Colorado Newspapers 17 Ski High News Website

Ski-High News Online

Ski-High News ePaper

18. Colorado Springs Independent

Colorado Newspapers 18 Colorado Springs Independent

Colorado Springs Independent is a weekly newspaper in Colorado catering to the residents of Pikes Peak region of Southern Colorado including El Paso, Teller, and Pueblo counties. The paper was established in 1993 and it is currently owned by John Weiss.

Other than the weekly printed edition, Colorado Springs Independent also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for news, food & culture, opinion, events, promotions, multimedia & more.

Colorado Newspapers 18 Colorado Springs Independent Website

Colorado Springs Independent Online

Colorado Springs Independent ePaper

19. Longmont Times-Call 

Colorado Newspapers 19 Longmont Times Call

Longmont Times-Call is a daily newspaper in Colorado owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing. Established in 1931, the paper currently covers local, regional, national, & world news and caters to the readers in Boulder & Weld counties. Apart from the printed edition, Longmont Times-Call also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, opinion, & more.

Colorado Newspapers 19 Longmont Times Call Website

Longmont Times-Call Online

Longmont Times-Call ePaper

Longmont Times-Call Android App

Longmont Times-Call iOS App

20. Denver Business Journal

Colorado Newspapers 20 Denver Business Journal

Denver Business Journal is the Denver edition of the famous American business journal, The Biz Journals. It is an online publication and primarily covers news & updates on the business sector of Denver. There are dedicated sections on the website for news, lists & leads, people & companies, events, and more.

Colorado Newspapers 20 Denver Business Journal Website

Denver Business Journal Online

Denver Business Journal iOS App

21. The Colorado Independent 

Colorado Newspapers 21 The Colorado Independent

The Colorado Independent is an independent media organization that was established in 2006. It is an online news publication and it primarily covers state politics and policy issues such as the economy, education, the environment, energy development, criminal justice, social justice, and more.

Colorado Newspapers 21 The Colorado Independent Website

The Colorado Independent Online

22. Aspen Daily News

Colorado Newspapers 22 Aspen Daily News

Aspen Daily News is a daily newspaper in Colorado owned by Paperbag Media. Established in 1978, the paper currently caters to the residents of Aspen in Pitkin county. Other than the daily printed edition, Aspen Daily News also publishes an online news website covering local, business, sports & entertainment news, obituaries, lifestyle, and more.

Colorado Newspapers 22 Aspen Daily News Website

Aspen Daily News Online

Aspen Daily News ePaper

23. Reporter-Herald 

Colorado Newspapers 23 Reporter Herald scaled

Reporter-Herald is a daily newspaper in Colorado covering local, regional, & national news.  The paper was established in the 1950s and as of 2020, it is owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing. Other than the daily printed edition, Reporter-Herald also publishes an online news website and an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 23 Reporter Herald Website

Reporter-Herald Online

Reporter-Herald ePaper

Reporter-Herald Android App

Reporter-Herald iOS App

24. Pueblo Chieftain

Colorado Newspapers 24 Pueblo Chieftain

Pueblo Chieftain is a daily newspaper in Colorado covering news & updates from Pueblo Chieftain. The paper was established in 1868 by Dr Michael Beshoar, and is currently owned by Gannet.

Other than the daily printed edition, Pueblo Chieftain also publishes an online news website with dedicated sections for news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, opinion & more. They also publish an e-edition, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.

Colorado Newspapers 24 Pueblo Chieftain Website

Pueblo Chieftain Online

Pueblo Chieftain ePaper

Pueblo Chieftain Android App

Pueblo Chieftain iOS App

25. Boulder Weekly

Colorado Newspapers 25 Boulder Weekly

Boulder Weekly is an alternative weekly newspaper in Colorado owned and published by Stewart Sallo. The paper was established in 1993 and as of 2018, it had a circulation of 35,000 copies. Apart from the weekly printed edition, Boulder Weekly also publishes an online news website.

Colorado Newspapers 25 Boulder Weekly Website

Boulder Weekly Online

26. Cañon City Daily Record

Colorado Newspapers 26 Canon City Daily Record

Cañon City Daily Record is a daily newspaper in Colorado owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing. Firstestablished in 1978 the paper today covers local, regional, national and world news. Other than the daily printed edition, they also publish an online news website & an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 26 Canon City Daily Record Website

Cañon City Daily Record Online

Cañon City Daily Record ePaper

Cañon City Daily Record Android App

Cañon City Daily Record iOS App

27. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Colorado Newspapers 27 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is a daily newspaper in Colorado owned by Seaton Publishing. Established in 1893, the paper has over the years grown to become the largest daily newspaper in western Colorado. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel also publishes an online news website with and an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 27 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Website

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Online

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ePaper

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Android App

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel iOS App

28. Aurora Sentinel

Colorado Newspapers 28 Aurora Sentinel

Aurora Sentinel is a weekly newspaper in Colorado catering to the readers in the city of Aurora. The paper was established in the year 1971 and is currently owned by the Aurora Media Group. Other than the printed edition of the paper, Aurora Sentinel also publishes an online news website.

Colorado Newspapers 28 Aurora Sentinel Website

Aurora Sentinel Online

29. Broomfield Enterprise

Colorado Newspapers 29 Broomfield Enterprise

Broomfield Enterprise is a weekly newspaper in Colorado serving the residents of the Broomfield city. The paper was established in the 1970s and is currently owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing. Other than the weekly newspaper, Broomfield Enterprise also publishes an online news website and an e-edition.

Colorado Newspapers 29 Broomfield Enterprise Website

Broomfield Enterprise Online

Broomfield Enterprise ePaper

Broomfield Enterprise Android App

Broomfield Enterprise iOS App

30. Boulder BizWest

Colorado Newspapers 30 Boulder BizWest

Boulder BizWest is a monthly business newspaper in Colorado primarily serving its northern regions. The paper is currently owned by the BizWest Media and they also publish an online news website. Unlike the monthly printed edition, the website is regularly updated with the latest news & updates.

Colorado Newspapers 30 Boulder BizWest Website

Boulder BizWest Online

Boulder BizWest ePaper

31. Fort Morgan Times

Colorado Newspapers 31 Fort Morgan Times

Fort Morgan Times is a daily newspaper in Colorado owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing. Established in 1884, the paper primarily caters to the readers in Fort Morgan with the local, regional & national news.

Colorado Newspapers 31 Fort Morgan Times Website

Fort Morgan Times Online

Fort Morgan Times ePaper

Fort Morgan Times Android App

Fort Morgan Times iOS App

Conclusion                 

The newspapers & news websites mentioned in this article are the top news publications that are currently in circulation in Colorado and they are not the complete list. As of 2021, there are about 240 newspapers & news websites in Colorado. Out of these, The Denver Post with a circulation of 416,000 copies is the largest newspaper in Colorado in terms of circulation and the Loveland Reporter-Herald is the smallest in terms of circulation.

The condition of newspapers in Colorado is no different from that of the other states. Colorado newspapers too are battling a drastic drop in circulation which has impacted is revenue from circulation and advertisements. The already limping newspaper industry in Colorado took another serious hit with the Covid-19 pandemic which led to revenue from advertisements dropping almost to nil.

In an effort to stay afloat, some Colorado newspapers have merged with their competitors, some has cut down their print schedule, and some others have fully switched to digital publications. 

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